Dogeaters by Jessica HagedornDogeaters by Jessica Hagedorn


byJessica Hagedorn

Paperback | July 1, 1991

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“As sharp and fast as a street boy’s razor . . . a rich small feast of a book.”—The New York Times Book Review

Welcome to Manila in the turbulent period of the Philippines’ late dictator. It is a world in which American pop culture and local Filipino tradition mix flamboyantly, and gossip, storytelling, and extravagant behavior thrive.

A wildly disparate group of characters—from movie stars to waiters, from a young junkie to the richest man in the Philippines—becomes caught up in a spiral of events culminating in a beauty pageant, a film festival, and an assassination. In the center of this maelstrom is Rio, a feisty schoolgirl who will grow up to live in America and look back with longing on the land of her youth.

“Entertaining and compelling. . . . At the end, you emerge from its intense, dreamlike world feeling as if you’ve been to the Philippines.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Hagedorn transcends social strata, gender, culture, and politics in this exuberant, witty, and telling portrait of Philippine society.”—The San Diego Union
Jessica Hagedorn is the author of the novels Dogeaters and The Gangster of Love, Dream Jungle, and a collection of poetry and short fiction, Danger and Beauty.
Title:DogeatersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:July 1, 1991Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:014014904X

ISBN - 13:9780140149043

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Table of Contents

DogeatersPart One: Coconut Palace

Love Letters
The King of Coconuts
The White Bouquet
Mister Heartbreak
Jungle Chronicle
His Mother, the Whore
Floating Bodies
Her Eminent Ascent into Heaven
President William McKinley Addresses a Delegation of Methodist Churchmen, 1898
Her Mother, Rita Hayworth
High Society
Avila Arrested in Human Rights Rally Dispute
Sleeping Beauty
One Christmas in a Mountain Lodge up in Baguio, Date Unknown
Breaking Spells
In the Artist's House
Excerpt from the Only Letter Ever Written by Clarita Avila
Jungle Chronicle

Part Two: The Song of Bullets

The President's Wife Has a Dream
Man with a Mission
Romeo Rosales
The Weeping Bride
Last Chance
Dateline Manila
Movie Star
Insect Bounty
Jungle Chronicle
The Famine of Dreams
Bananas and the Republic
Luna Moth
Pucha Gonzaga


From Our Editors

"As sharp and fast as a street boy's razor" (The New York Times Book Review), Dogeaters is an intense fictional portrayal of Manila in the heyday of Marcos, the Philippines' late dictator. In the center of this maelstrom is Rio, a feisty schoolgirl who will grow up to live in America and look back with longing on the land of her youth.